What distinguishes SPU's master's degree programs?
- Expert faculty with a desire to help students succeed.
- A wide range of options, including full-time intensive programs, part-time programs designed for working professionals, and a program that can be earned entirely online.
- A focus—shaped by SPU's Christian worldview—on equipping educators of both competence and character, who help to bring hope into the lives of children, young people, families, and communities.
- Graduates who are some of the most sought-after educators in the region.
Master of Education Degree
The Master of Education degree at SPU builds upon undergraduate coursework and professional experience. As a student in an MEd program at SPU, you will gain
understanding of the forces that shape the American educational system, including historical, social, economic, legal, political, and technological forces;
knowledge and application of teaching theories in schools and related settings;
knowledge in your professional specialization, including literature, research, and trends;
effective communication skills, both oral and written;
ability to access, evaluate, apply, and contribute to the research and literature of education;
appreciation of cultural and individual diversity.
Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership
The MEd in Educational Leadership is a program for those who want to earn a master's degree concurrently with either a Principal Certificate or Program Administrator Certificate. (It is also possible to earn a Principal Certificate or Program Administrator Certificate only.)
Master of Education (MEd) in Digital Education Leadership
The MEd in Digital Education Leadership is designed for educators with an interest in educational technology. This program prepares graduates for positions as technology coaches or digital education leaders.
Master of Education (MEd) in Literacy
The MEd in Literacy is a degree program designed for current teachers who want to become reading specialists, literacy coaches, or better-prepared teachers of reading and writing.
Master of Education (MEd) in School Counseling
The MEd in School Counseling is a program for those who want to prepare for a career as a school counselor, earning an Educational Staff Associate (School Counseling) Certificate concurrently with a master's degree. (It is also possible to earn an Educational Staff Associate Certificate only.)
Master of Education (MEd) in Teacher Leadership
The MEd in Teacher Leadership is a program designed to prepare current teachers for leadership roles in education, from early career mentor or instructional coach to department chair, staff development leader, assessment coordinator, or curriculum coordinator. Graduates of this program may use educational leadership coursework from the degree program to pursue Principal Certification or Program Administrator Certification.
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
The MAT is a two-year part-time program that enables students to earn both a Residency Teacher Certificate and a master's degree concurrently. (It is also possible to earn a Residency Teacher Certificate and master's degree in the full-time one-year Alternative Route to Certification [ARC/MAT] program.)
Master in Teaching Mathematics and Science (MTMS)
The MTMS is designed for people who want to earn a Residency Teacher Certificate with a mathematics or science endorsement concurrently with a master's degree.
Alternative Routes to Certification/Master of Arts in Teaching (ARC/MAT)
ARC/MAT is a one-year intensive program for individuals with an undergraduate degree who want to earn both teaching certification and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching (MAT) concurrently.